Book Review of Vulnerable AF -poems- by Tarriona "Tank" Ball
Poetry is one of my weaker areas of reading. I don't read a lot of it but I do read it. I'm one of those people who likes to wander when I'm in Target and I always find myself walking down the book isle. Let me tell you though, this book of poetry...wow.
I was blown away by this author's work. Her book flows with meeting love and then breaking away from it. It touches on struggle, pain, rage, anger, love, lust, and so many feelings. Her writing is honest and relateable. As mentioned on the back in the synopsis this book focuses on the difference between infatuation and love as well as the topic of losing oneself in another. It touches on coming out stronger and loving yourself more because of the pain you've been through.
Some things this book does well other than touching on some deep and painful topics is the imagery. So many creative and fun designs are scattered through out this book of poetry. I love how the artist paints everything in black and white with only one item in the picture in color. It made me think of looking for the best in every situation. I'm not sure if that's what this artist was going for but that is how it came to me. Each image related to the poem featured on the oposite page.
Some of my favorite poems from the book include Drumsticks, Puzzle Piece, Libra Thinking, Monsters, The Ass, Swings, and Adam.
I couldn't find anything I didn't like about this book other than wishing it were longer with more poems from the author. I can't wait to get my hands on more of her work in the future. Ball is one I will follow and read going forward.
Tarriona "Tank" Ball is New Orleans-based slam poet and Grammy-nominated recording artist with her band, Tank and the Bangas. This is her first book of poetry.
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